Pumpkin Keg

6 Materials
30 Minutes
I'm so excited to share this super cute twist on serving drinks at your next event!

-large pumpkin

-keg tapping kit

-parchment paper


-big spoon/scooper

Not pictured:

-favorite fall drink

-cinnamon sticks

STEP 1: Carve pumpkin

To make my pumpkin keg, I first laid down a big piece of parchment paper on my work surface, then, I cut the top of my pumpkin open and scooped out all of the insides.
STEP 2: Create hole with carving tool

In the keg tapping kit, they have this handy dandy hole carving tool. My pumpkin was already flat on the bottom, so it was in good shape there. I took the hole carving tool and inserted it into the side of the pumpkin where I wanted the tap to be. The instructions for the kit also recommend that you create the hole 2-3" from the bottom of the pumpkin.
STEP 3: Install shank

Next, I took the shank apart, inserted the front part that the tap faucet would be attached to on the outside, then took the back part of the shank inside the pumpkin where my hole was carved, and connected the two parts by twisting.

STEP 4: Attach faucet

After the shank was installed, I ensured that the rubber seal was inserted in to the back of the faucet, then attached it to the face of the shank and tightened.
STEP 5: Add your favorite drink!

Finally, it was time to add my family's favorite fall drink. *Note: make sure your faucet is in the "off" position--sitting straight up--or you'll have a mess on your hands!
Oh and of course I can't forget the last little detail...

I always save the "guts" of my pumpkins when I carve them so I can make roasted pumpkin seeds. Makes for a great, healthy snack!

*Note on the cost: the tap kit itself was $20, so once that investment is made, it's just a matter of just buying the fruit, drink and garnish of choice for your keg when you have events.
Suggested materials:
  • Large pumpkin
  • Keg tapping kit
  • Parchment paper
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  • Barbara Barbara on Sep 27, 2016
    Won't your drink have the pumpkin taste?

  • Mari hart Mari hart on Sep 29, 2016
    Where did you get the tap kit and is it for pumpkins only?

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  • M M on Aug 20, 2021

    This is awesome. I would want the liquid in a big ziplock bag to keep its taste fresh... maybe with ice around it in a separate bag... stuffed next to it. Thinking I could poke the tap thru the empty plastic bag... maybe hold it tight with a hair tie... then add the beverage.